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Dendrobium, bought at bracteosum - which its not.

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    Default Dendrobium, bought at bracteosum - which its not.

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    I have a National Collection of this genus - and set out to collect as many of the more showy species that I could both find and then grow successfully. I have three plants labelled 'bracteosum' bought from different sources , all look generally the same, rather like D.sanderae in appearance of the green parts, all now decent potfuls, lots of growths, the new ones getting taller than the last, each year - the best up to ˝ metre, 20 inches, or so. This is the first to flower. the flowers are maybe 1 ˝ inches natural spread - 3-4 cm.

    First surprise - its an alba. No-one seems to have ever heard of bracteosum alba - should be pink with an orange lip. Second, the flowers are wrongly arranged - the true species produces bunches at intervals along the cane, like goldschmidtianum, bulleniuanum, topazianum etc.and in fact hardly ever flowers at the tip like this ; and then the clincher, the flowers are the wrong shape entirely.

    Very disappointing. I do like this plant ( the one I've got), but wish I could put the right name on it. I hope the others will be better in this connection, but the fact that they were bought at different times from different dealers does not mean much - often ( I think) when this happens , they have all bought flasks from one of the few specialist dealers who raise flasks and sell them on, and if one is wrong, they all will be.

    Any suggestions for the true name ? When I had finished writing this, it occurred to me that it might be D.dearei . The shape is right, the plant is right, but the flowers are too small - if Jay (IOSPE) is to be believed. Anyone growing and flowering deareii please comment ??

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    Good luck with the ID Geoff! Sorry for your disappointment but it is pretty!

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